The popular Soweto hit maker, Quido, has quit music saying the industry is a dead end.
“I regret putting my education on hold for music. In the end, I achieved nothing from it,” he laments blaming his decision on unfair and inconsiderate organisers who pay peanuts.
His departure, he says, has been necessitated by the dead end Namibian music industry as compared to other countries such as Angola, Zambia and even Nigeria.
“It has nothing to do with the population,” he maintains, “It’s simply a factor of the non-existent unity amongst artists and the mindset of typical Namibians.”
He insists that his quitting the industry has nothing to do with him not winning an award in any of the five categories that he was nominated in for Namas.
“In order for artists to deliver good quality songs and videos, they need to be paid well for their performance. Putting money into something should create more money,” he reasons.
According to him, some of the blame also goes to artists who accept to perform for as little as N$1000.
“They are desperate, yes, but doing that drags down the next artist as chances are, they will also be offered that pathetic amount and will be forced to accept it,” he accuses.
“In general, Namibians,” he charges, “pirate music but never even bother to at least attend the shows of these artists.
“I wonder how you would love my music enough to pirate it for you to listen to it but then not attend any of my shows, to see me perform,” says a disappointed Quido.
He adds: “When an artist has a radio interview or they (the so-called fans) meet you somewhere, they scream your name and ask you stuff about your next video or album but the truth is that that person does not even have a single album of yours except for the pirated ones.”
Quido also states that the people who are responsible for upgrading the local music are not doing a good job as they prefer to play and upgrade music from other countries.
“In night clubs, the only local songs you will hear are the likes of Go to Malawi, Selima and Deception and for the rest of the night, all you will hear are South African house music,” he laments.
He says it’s about time Namibian artists started working together to realise that they are being robbed of their dignity.
Now that he’s quit music, Quido says he is going to work towards getting his degree and work hard to be someone in life.
“If I had a chance to re-live my life, I would definitely not have opted for music. The result is not as glamorous as it seemed from the outside. The fame, the lights and cameras have been nice but not rewarding,” he concludes.